Heavy Metals Panel Blood


This test includes: Blood Arsenic, Blood Lead, Blood Mercury

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can be found in soil, water, air, and some foods. While it is present in the environment in both organic and inorganic forms, inorganic arsenic compounds are generally considered more toxic to humans. Chronic exposure to high levels of arsenic, primarily through contaminated drinking water or certain foods, can have detrimental effects on health. Here are some ways in which arsenic can be harmful to the body: Cancer Risk, Skin Lesions Cardiovascular effects, Neurological effects, Endocrine Disruption, and Developmental and Reproductive effects.

Lead is a toxic metal that can have serious health effects, particularly when individuals are exposed to elevated levels over an extended period. Here are some ways in which lead can be harmful to the body: Neurological effects, behavioral and emotional issues, anemia, kidney damage, reproductive effects, cardiovascular effects, gastrointestinal distress, and bone damage.


Mercury is a heavy metal that exists in various forms, and exposure to it can have harmful effects on the human body. There are three main forms of mercury that people may encounter: elemental mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. Here are some ways in which mercury can be harmful:Neurological effects, cardiovascular effects, kidney damage, gastrointestinal distress, reproductive effects, immunotoxicity.










Heavy Metals Panel Blood


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Patient Preparation

Avoid seafood consumption for 48 hours prior to sample collection


Reference Range(s)

Whole Blood Arsenic level >100 mcg/L is indicative of acute/chronic exposure. Urine is usually the best specimen for the analysis of arsenic in body fluids. Blood levels tend to be low even when urine concentrations are high.

Arsenic, Blood

<23 mcg/L

Lead (Venous)

Birth-6 years

<3.5 mcg/dL

>6 years

<3.5 mcg/dL

Blood lead levels in the range of 5-9 mcg/dL have been associated with adverse health effects in children aged 6 years and younger. Patient management varies by age and CDC Blood Lead Level range. Refer to the CDC website regarding Lead Publications/Case Management for recommended interventions.

Mercury, Blood

≤10 mcg/L


Fasting Required: No

Turnaround Time: 5 Days

Test Code: 7655

Preferred Specimen: Whole Blood